A meal is an instance of eating, specifically one that takes place at a specific time and includes specific, prepared food. In general terms eating (formally ingestion) is the process of consuming Food to provide for the Nutritional needs of an Animal, particularly Food is any substance usually composed primarily of Carbohydrates Fats water and/or Proteins that can be eaten or drunk by an
Meals occur primarily at homes, restaurants, and cafeterias, but may occur anywhere. A home is a place of Residence or Refuge. It is usually a place where an individual or a family can rest in and be able to store Personal property. A restaurant is a retail establishment that serves prepared Food to Customers. InfosysElectronicCityCafeteriaJPG|thumb|250px|right|One of a number of cafeterias at Electronic City campus Infosys Technologies Ltd Regular meals occur on a daily basis, typically several times a day. Special meals are usually held in conjunction with such occasions as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and holidays. Birthday is the name given to the date of the anniversary of a person's birth A wedding is the Ceremony in which two people are united in Marriage. A wedding anniversary is the Anniversary of the date on which a Wedding took place Lists of holidays The words holiday or vacation have related meanings in different English-speaking countries and continents but will usually refer to one of
A meal is different from a snack in that meals are larger and more filling, while snacks are more likely to be small, high-calorie affairs; however, any food eaten in small amounts at an unscheduled time can be classified as a snack.
A picnic is an outdoor meal where one brings one's food, such as a sandwich or a prepared meal in a picnic basket. In contemporary usage picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a Meal is eaten outdoors ( Al fresco or En plein air A sandwich is a food item made of two or more slices of Bread with one or more layers of a filling A picnic basket is a Basket intended to hold Food and Tableware for a Picnic meal It often takes place in a natural or recreative area, such as a park, forest, beach, or grassy lawn. A park is a protected area of Land and Water, usually in its natural or semi-natural (landscaped state and set aside for some purpose often to do with human A forest is an area with a high density of Trees There are many definitions of a forest based on various criteria A lawn is an area of recreational or amenity land planted with grass, and sometimes Clover and other plants which are maintained at a low even height On long drives a picnic may take place at a road-side stop such as a rest area. A rest area, travel plaza, rest stop, or service area is a public facility located next to a large thoroughfare such as a Highway, Expressway
A banquet is a large, often formal, and elaborate meal with many guests and dishes. A banquet is a large public meal or feast complete with main courses and desserts
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Most Western-world multicourse meals follow a standard sequence, with each course interacting harmoniously with those that introduce and follow it. Breakfast is the first meal of the day The word derives from the idea of break ing the '''fast''' of sleep Brunch or bruncheon is a combination of breakfast and lunch The term is a Portmanteau of '''br'''eakfast and l'''unch'''(eon. Luncheon, commonly abbreviated to lunch, is a midday Meal. In English-speaking countries during the eighteenth century what was originally called " Depending on a country's customs tea can refer to any of several different meals or mealtimes Dinner is the main Meal of the day The meal normally consists of a combination of cooked or sometimes uncooked proteins (meat fish or legumes with vegetables and/or Supper is the name for the evening meal in some Dialects of English - ordinarily the last meal of the day Cuisine (from French cuisine, "cooking culinary art kitchen" ultimately from Latin coquere, "to cook" is a specific set For the Banana Yashimoto novel see Kitchen (novel A kitchen, is a room or part of a room (sometimes called "kitchen A buffet is a meal serving system where patrons serve themselves A banquet is a large public meal or feast complete with main courses and desserts Western culture (sometimes equated with Western Civilization) are terms which are used to refer to Cultures of European origin There are variations depending on location and custom. A convention is a set of agreed, stipulated or generally accepted Standards norms social norms or criteria, often taking the form of The following is a common sequence for multi-course meals:
Sorbet or other palate cleansers might be served between courses. Sorbet is a frozen Dessert made from sweetened Water flavored with iced Fruit (typically Juice or Puree) Chocolate, The palate (ˈpælɨt is the roof of the Mouth in humans and Vertebrate animals
Before the meal, a host might serve a selection of appetizers or hors d'œuvre with appropriate wine or cocktails, and after the meal, a host might serve snacks, sweets such as chocolate, coffee, and after-dinner drinks (cognac, brandy, liqueur, or similar). ApetitizerShpjpg|thumb|Swiss cuisine ( Schynige Platte)]] Hors d'œuvre ( French literally 'outside the work' English ɔrˈdɝv or appetizers are ApetitizerShpjpg|thumb|Swiss cuisine ( Schynige Platte)]] Hors d'œuvre ( French literally 'outside the work' English ɔrˈdɝv or appetizers are Wine is an Alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of Grape juice A cocktail is a style of Mixed drink. Originally a mixture of distilled spirits, Sugar, Water, and Bitters, the word has gradually A snack food (commonly called a snack) is seen in Western culture as a type of food not meant to be eaten as a main Meal of the day – Breakfast Chocolate ( pronounced or /-ˈələt/ comprises a number of raw and processed foods that are produced from the seed of the tropical Cacao tree CoFFEE is an Open source Software for computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL in a digital classroom Cognac (ˈkɒnjæk named after the town of Cognac in France, is a Brandy produced in the region surrounding the town Brandy (from brandywine, derived from Dutch brandewijn — “burnt wine” is a spirit produced by distilling Wine A liqueur is a sweet Alcoholic beverage, often flavored with Fruits, Herbs Spices Flowers Seeds Roots Plants These are not considered courses in and of themselves.
A meal may also begin with an amuse-bouche. An amuse bouche, also called an amuse gueule, is a tiny bite-sized morsel traditionally served before the first course of a meal An amuse-bouche, also called an amuse-gueule, is a tiny bite-sized morsel served before the hors d'œuvre or first course of a meal. These, often accompanied by a proper complementing wine, are served as an excitement of taste buds to both prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse into the chef's approach to cooking.
Customs and traditions regarding eating and meals vary from country to country, as well as within countries, based on such factors as regional differences, social class, education, and religion. The word tradition comes from the Latin traditionem acc of traditio which means "a giving up delivering up surrendering" and is used in a number of In Political geography and International politics, a country is a Political division of a geographical entity The article is about the geographic sense of the term For other uses including Regions and Regional, see Region (disambiguation. Social class refers to the hierarchical distinctions (or stratification) between individuals or groups in Societies or Cultures. Education encompasses both the Teaching and Learning of Knowledge, proper conduct, and technical competency A religion is a set of Tenets and practices often centered upon specific Supernatural and moral claims about Reality, the Cosmos In a complex, multi-cultural society there is increased risk of different customs and traditions clashing. A society is a Population of Humans characterized by patterns of relationships between individuals that share a distinctive Culture and Institutions What is correct behaviour, and what is not, and in what circumstances is the provenance of etiquette. Etiquette is a code that governs the expectations of Social behavior, according to the contemporary conventional norm within a Society,
Examples of different customs and traditions:
Standard meals eaten on a daily basis have different names depending on the time of day or the importance of the meal:
Nutritionists (eg BCM) propose to leave 4-6 hours recess in between meals and not to take any snacks. They advocate the taking of 3 meals/day (of some 600 kcal per meal) . Having three well-balanced meals (thus 1/2th half of the plate with vegetables , 1/4th protein food as meat, . . . and 1/4th carbohydrates as pasta, rice, . . . ) will then account to some 1800-2000 kcal; which is the average requirement for a regular person. 
Regarding which particular foods are acceptable for specific meals; the specific food has no meaning to whether or not the meal is breakfast, lunch or dinner. Depending on the culture, various foods are acceptable for any meal. For example, in the United States several restaurants serve what people consider traditional breakfast foods all day. A meal can be considered breakfast if it satisfies the following criteria: 1. It is the first meal of the day. 2. It is eaten before noon on the calendar day.
At work, a coffee break is often taken by workers as part of the work day. For the book go to Coffee Break (book A coffee break is a daily social gathering for a Snack and short downtime practiced by employees in business How many of these coffee breaks one takes in the day varies, but two short breaks in an eight-hour day seems to be the norm in North America. A coffee break may last as little as ten minutes or as long as half an hour, but fifteen minutes seems to be the norm for office workers. In North America and other parts of the western world, coffee is generally regarded as the universal workplace beverage; it seems that nearly every workplace has some sort of access to a hot cup of coffee.